Category Archives: Fulbright

Mental health: Dealing with loss and isolation

By Dr. Marilyn SusmanRIGHT NOW, IN ADDITION to the major losses of life, jobs and income in society, each of us is experiencing individual losses such as the end of Fulbright grants, separation from family and friends, missed graduations, and other lost opportunities. We have also lost the predictability that we take for granted such going to work or class, having our favorite foods available in the grocery store or going to a local restaurant to meet friends.

Dr. Marilyn Susman

I have been in the field of psychology for many years as both an academic and clinical psychologist. I was fortunate to be a Fulbright Scholar in Malaysia, Cyprus and Indonesia, where I developed long lasting relationships across borders. That is what we stand for as Fulbrighters—bridging cultural divides to build a global community. This pandemic is testing our core values, as we are now forced to shelter in place and avoid actual contact with family, friends and colleagues.

There are many practical concerns that other Chicago alumni will address. I want to focus on the mental health challenges that many may be experiencing. As the CDC says on its website, “It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry”. The challenge is how to find equilibrium in the face of all of the uncertainty in our lives. Developing routines that include the following will help you to cope with the pandemic, including the isolation and loneliness that sheltering in place causes.

A simple plan

  • Focusing on your physical well-being: Eat well, exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep. Avoid alcohol, tobacco and other drugs
  • Connecting with others: Set up virtual get-togethers with friends and/or family. Share your concerns with them
  • Staying informed, but avoiding too much exposure to news: Information may calm your anxiety, but too much exposure can be upsetting. Balancing your watching, reading or listening to news with enjoyable activities will help
  • Taking breaks: Make time to unwind. Reading a novel, going for walks, listening to music, doing an art project can be an antidote to stress
  • Calming yourself with mindfulness: Many apps exist to help you to defuse your anxiety. Some are “Headspace”, “Simply Being” and “Calm”. Each provides for some free sessions. Practicing mindfulness is also an antidote to anxiety and depression
  • Being realistic about work: If working remotely, or on a project, set aside a time and place to work alone or in virtual meetings. Being disciplined may help you to accomplish your goals and tasks, providing a feeling of accomplishment. But do give yourself leeway.

Watch out for symptoms

Despite exercising the above you may still feel unsettled. Although the pandemic itself and our sheltering in place may cause each of us to experience some of the following, be aware when these become extreme or overwhelming.

  • Feelings of anxiety, depression, loss and grief
  • Changes in appetite, energy or activity level
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty sleeping or nightmares
  • Physical reactions such as headaches, body pains, stomach problem or skin rashes
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Anger or short-tempered
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.

So, what can I do?

If you are experiencing the above symptoms and want to talk with a counselor, many resources are available. Please go to the following crisis units depending on your locality.

These resources were taken from the Open Counseling list of resources for the Chicago area. If you would like to discuss any of these resources with me or to consult me about your particular concern, you can contact me at marilynsus@aol.com

Chicago Department of Health, Bureau of Mental Health. Care that can provide supports for emotional, traumatic, or behavioral difficulties. Based on the needs identified by the consumer which includes goals, objectives and specific mental health services. For 24-hour assistance or to report a public health issue, call phone 311


Mental Health Association of Greater Chicago. According to its website works to eliminate the unnecessary loss of life due to suicide focusing on mental health for children, adolescents, emerging adults, families and veterans. Their programs uniquely covers identification, prevention and support. They also provide both a prevention plan (nutrition, environment, avoidance of food additives and other causes of mental health symptoms and illnesses) and education on brain health.
310 S Peoria St, Chicago, IL 60607
Phone 800-209-8114 or 1-800-273-TALK


NorthShore University HealthSystem. The Department of Psychiatry and Crisis Intervention provides a variety of crisis related services focused on the individual patients needs:

  • 24 hour coverage, 7 days a week
  • A Crisis Hotline for those in psychiatric crisis
  • Emergency psychiatric evaluations to patients in the Emergency Department at all four Northshore Hospitals
  • Short term counseling
  • Evaluation and outpatient crisis counseling
  • Emergent medical social service calls
  • Workshops on crisis-related subjects to various hospitals and community groups.
  • Responds to community crisis when appropriate

Phone 847-570-2500


OMNI Youth Services. According to its website, their mission is to partner with parents and the community to provide innovative, transformational behavioral and educational support services to children, adolescents and young adults. Their services include counseling, 24-hour crisis intervention, substance abuse prevention and treatment, family strengthening, juvenile justice services, youth development and community outreach services. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone 847-353-1500


Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center. It takes courage to ask for help. If you or a loved one has ever been sexually abused or assaulted, ZCenter offers free, confidential services in English and Spanish to support you, significant others and non-offending loved ones on your healing journey. There are individual or group counseling for adults and children.
Zacharias 24-Hour Support Line 847-872-7799


Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline. Operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the Rape Crisis Hotlines provides survivors of sexual violence and their significant others immediate support, crisis intervention and referrals for the city of Chicago and surrounding suburbs. The volunteers and staff at the hotline have received extensive training in sexual assault crisis intervention. The Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline is also the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) affiliate for the city of Chicago.
Phone Chicago 888-293-2080
Phone DuPage County 630-971-3927
Phone South Suburbs 708-748-5672


—> Information curated by Dr. Marilyn Susman
—> Illustration by Elio Leturia


 

COVID-19 around the world: Map and statistics

Worldometer

BY COLLECTING DATA from official reports, directly from Government’s communication channels, Worldometer is run by an international team of developers, researchers, and volunteers with the goal of making world statistics available in a thought-provoking and time relevant format to a wide audience around the world.

To learn the current statistics of the COVID-19 epidemic around the world, click HERE.


Johns Hopkins University

IN RESPONSE TO the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, a team of researchers developed an interactive web-based dashboard (static snapshot shown above) hosted by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University, to visualize and track reported cases in real-time.

To access the interactive map, click HERE.


 

Chicago-area medical resources

Illinois Department of Public Health – COVID

For information and updates on the COVID-19 situation from the Illinois Department of Public Health, click HERE.

The mission of the Illinois Department of Public Health is to protect the health and wellness of the people of Illinois through the prevention, health promotion, regulation, and the control of disease and injury.


City of Chicago Coronavirus Response Center

For information and updates on the COVID-19 situation from the City of Chicago, click HERE.

How to determine if you need testing
  • Question 1: Are you having symptoms like fever, cough, or difficulty breathing?
        • If YES: Please answer Question #2.
        • If NO: Testing is not needed. If you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, stay home and monitor symptoms for 14 days.

    Question 2: Are your symptoms severe?

        • If YES: Call your doctor or 911.
        • If NO: Please answer Question #3.

    Question 3: Are you over 60? And/or do you have an underlying medical condition like diabetes, cancer or heart disease?

        • If YES: Contact your doctor to determine if testing is needed.
        • IF NO: Testing is not needed. Stay home for 7 days from symptom onset and 72 hours after fever is gone and symptoms improve (whichever is longer) to avoid getting anyone else sick.

    If you have any additional questions please email us at coronavirus@chicago.gov or call 312-746-4835.

Local Resources

Cook County Department of Public Health

For updates on the COVID-19 situation from the Cook County Department of Public Health, including information for Individuals & Families, information for Healthcare Providers, and information for Communities, click HERE.

Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) serves 2.5 million residents and 127 municipalities in suburban Cook County (excluding Evanston, Oak Park, Skokie and Stickney Township), which have their own state-certified health departments. (Chicago Department of Public Health serves the City of Chicago).


Chicago Health Action Network – COVID

For information and updates on the COVID-19 situation from the City of Chicago, click HERE.

The Chicago Health Alert Network (HAN) provides the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) with the capacity for quick, efficient, reliable, and secure web-based communication with CDPH staff, providers of medical care, laboratories, first responders and other local public health agencies. The HAN facilitates CDPH’s day-to-day activities, including outbreak detection, investigation, and emergency response.


LOCAL HOSPITALS

 

Northwestern Medicine – COVID-19 Overview

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University of Chicago Medicine – Coronavirus Information
  • How soon after exposure can a person test positive for COVID-19?
  • What should I do if I think I might have COVID-19 or am experiencing symptoms of an upper respiratory infection?
  • When should I call a doctor for help?
  • When should I be going to the hospital or an emergency room for COVID-19?
  • What precautions should I take before I go to a doctor or emergency room?
  • When and how are doctors testing for COVID-19?
  • What does it mean if I’m told to self-isolate or quarantine at home?
  • What are the most important actions I can take to keep myself and other healthy?

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Rush University – COVID-19 Information
Resources
COVID-19 FAQs

—> Information curated by Evan Randall


 

Antropoloops, music and data visualization: Open musical collages by Rubén Alonso

 

—By Elio Leturia MUSIC AND VISUALS! Join the Columbia College Chicago Music, Communication, and Design Departments, in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes and the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association for a special live interactive music remix and data visualization show/talk with award-winning Spanish artist/architect Rubén Alonso.

The screening will be followed by a Q & A with Rubén Alonso, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, University of Málaga, Spain.

DATE Monday March 9, 2020
TIME 6:30pm – 8:00pm
LOCATION Hokin Lecture Hall, Columbia College Chicago, 623 S. Wabash Ave., first floor, Room 109, Chicago, IL 60605
Please R.S.V.P. clicking HERE.
COST FREE


About the project

Antropoloops is an audiovisual global artistic project that remixes musical pieces from fragments of traditional music from around the world while showing graphically where they come from; all done with the utmost respect to the original sources highlighting their value.

The two basic principles of the project are not modifying the original pitch of the music they use, and visualizing and opening up the remixing process. Since its origin in 2012, the project has been developing a creative approach to ethnomusicology, which has gradually opened towards its educational and historic possibilities, generating new synergies with other artists.


About the artist Rubén Alonso, Barcelona 1973

While studying architecture in Berlin in the late 1990s, Rubén fantasized about the romantic notion of the traveling ethnomusicologist who collects songs around the world, but the journey would begin years later, through the distributed archive of the web and from the music remix culture with the artistic project Antropoloops that he has been developing with Esperanza Moreno since 2012.

Architect Rubén Alonso teaches architecture at the University of Málaga, Spain.

With 4 albums published, the project has been presented in several festivals and spaces, both nationally and internationally (Italy, Germany, United Kingdom, Slovenia, Chile, Argentina), as well as in several TEDx talks. The project has been developing a creative approach to ethnomusicology which has gradually opened towards its educational and historic possibilities, generating new synergies. He is also a member of the folk music group Las Buenas Noches.

As an Architect he is co-founder of the lapanaderia architecture studio (2003-2013) whose work has been recognized in national and international spheres and published in specialized press and magazines. He has co-directed research projects on housing as a process, adaptability in collective housing, low-cost public housing, and has been co-developer of the collective processes platform masqueunacasa.org. He has a PhD in Architecture from the University of Málaga and an Official Master in Social Sciences and Social Intervention from the University Pablo de Olavide in Seville. Since 2010 he is an associate professor at the School of Architecture in Málaga and also shares his centrifugal approach to architecture with Esperanza Moreno at estudiopack.

2020 Winter Wonderland Reception with a jazz feel

Vocalist TJ Crawley

By Elio Leturia—ON FRIDAY JANUARY 24, 2019 Columbia College Chicago hosted this year’s Fulbright Chicago Winter Wonderland Reception at its Cinema and Television Arts building in the South Loop.

Among the attendees were Fulbright alumni, current visiting Fulbright students and scholars, members of the Chicago Chapter’s Board of Directors, members of the Consular Corps, friends, and family. The annual event was co-sponsored by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

The reception took place at Columbia College Chicago in the South Loop.

Sixty-eight participants representing 22 countries got together to celebrate last year’s accomplishments and strengthen the Fulbright mission. For Fulbright students and scholars, it was a great opportunity to recharge for the start of a new semester.

Teuta Peja, Edel Marie Jose and Marilyn Susman welcoming the guests.

Besides the buffet style food served at the Winter Reception that included vegetarian options and complemented the festive atmosphere, vocalist Tina Jenkins Crawley performed with pianist Amr Fahmy. TJ Crawley interpreted an array of pop songs with a jazz feel.

A Fulbrighter to Malaysia (1997,) Cyprus (2003) and Indonesia (2013,) Dr. Marilyn Susman, a long time member of the Chicago Chapter, welcomed the guests and shared a condensed story of our Chicago Chapter, one of the largest in the country. She introduced past president Meredith McNeil, a 2002 Fulbrighter to Turkey who directed our chapter during the past two years. McNeil announced our new president, Dr. Edel Marie Jose who did her Fulbright in The Philippines in 2004.

President Edel Marie Jose, Teuta Peja, Adam Fuss and Suzanne McBride

Dr. Jose, a medical doctor, shared how she got involved with our local chapter and thanked all board members present: Teuta Peja (USA, 2015,) Suzanne McBride (Ireland, 2012) and Adam Fuss (Russia, 2001.) She also invited all attendees to ask questions and to let her know what our chapter could do to serve our members better.

Fulbright scholars and students, Fulbright alumni and guests during the Winter Reception

But the highlight of the night was the exciting and contagious music by Tina Jenkins Crawley. Yver Melchor, a Fulbright student from Mexico said: “The winter event is always a good opportunity meet charismatic and smart Fulbrighters. It’s also a learning experience about global affairs and the state of all field research in Chicago. I really enjoyed this year’s performance, the singer was amazing,” and Indonesian Fulbrighter Hendriana Werdhaningsih, added: “[I] love having Tina Jenkins Crawley at the Fulbright Chicago Winter Reception! The event was very pleasant and valuable for me. Meeting and talking with other Fulbrighters made me realized even more that we are the knots of intercultural relationships, which is significant in building trust and understanding.”

Board members Adan Fuss, Marilyn Sussman, Suzanne McBride, Edel Marie Jose, Meredith McNeil, Teuta Peja and past Fulbright Chicago Chapter President Don Garner

Fulbright scholars and students, Fulbright alumni and guests during the Winter Reception

Fulbright scholars and students, Fulbright alumni and guests during the Winter Reception

An image to remember: Fulbright scholars and students, Fulbright alumni and guests during the Winter Reception

The after party and Kitty O’Shea’s on Michigan Avenue

Photos Courtesy Gonzalo Varela and Edel Marie Jose

Vocalist TJ Crawley performing live at the 2020 Fulbright Chicago Winter Reception

TJ Crawley will be performing at the Fulbright Chicago Winter Wonderland Reception at Columbia College Chicago

NAMED “BEST GOSPEL Entertainer of the Year” at the 2015 Chicago Music Awards, vocalist Tina Jenkins Crawley will be performing at the 2020 Fulbright Chicago Winter Wonderland Reception.

Her repertoire includes upbeat jazz, familiar & current pop tunes with a jazz feel, upbeat hits from the decades—and all genre kind of background vibe. Tina will be accompanied by Amr Fahmy on piano.

DATE Friday, January 24, 2020
TIME 6:30pm – 8:30pm
LOCATION Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th Fl, Chicago, IL 60605

RSVPs are required. Please R.S.V.P. clicking HERE.

COST FREE for current visiting Fulbright Students and Scholars and members of the consular corps.
$20 per person for guests, family members, Fulbright Association members and Fulbright Alumni. You can pay in cash, or check, or credit card onsite.

Light fare and wine/beer will be provided.

Street parking is available on Wabash Ave. and in nearby lots. Visit Spothero for deals.

If you will be using public transportation, you can plan your trip with the CTA Trip Planner: www.transitchicago.com
The building is walking distance to the Roosevelt Ave/State St. train stop.

If you have questions about the event, please email fulbrightchicago@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

*Please note that photos and video will be taken at the event.

This program has been made possible by support from the Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Let’s celebrate 2020! RSVP for the Fulbright Winter Reception

 

THE FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION-Chicago Chapter and the Institute of International Education (IIE) invite you, your family, colleagues, and friends to attend the 2020 Winter Wonderland Reception. Reconnect in the New Year with fellow Fulbrighters and alumni!

DATE Friday, January 24, 2020
TIME 6:30pm – 8:30pm
LOCATION Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th Fl, Chicago, IL 60605

RSVPs are required by Monday, January 20, 2020! Please R.S.V.P. clicking HERE.


»Light fare and wine/beer will be provided.
»The program will feature live music by Tina Jenkins Crawley who will be performing along with a pianist.


COST FREE for current visiting Fulbright Students and Scholars and members of the consular corps.
$20 per person for guests, family members, Fulbright Association members and Fulbright Alumni. You can pay in cash, or check, or credit card onsite.

Street parking is available on Wabash Ave. and in nearby lots. Visit Spothero for deals.

If you will be using public transportation, you can plan your trip with the CTA Trip Planner: www.transitchicago.com
The building is walking distance to the Roosevelt Ave/State St. train stop.

If you have questions about the event, please email fulbrightchicago@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

*Please note that photos and video will be taken at the event.

This program has been made possible by support from the Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

This weekend a night of theater for $10; only for Fulbrighters!

“Exquisita Agonía” by Nilo Cruz, directed by Marcela Muñoz, Aguijón Theater.

IF YOU ARE A FULBRIGHT student or scholar, or a member of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association, you can come and see “Exquisita Agonía” this weekend (Friday 15, Saturday 16 or Sunday 17) for only $10! The play by Pulitzer-Prize winner Nilo Cruz, directed by Marcela Muñoz, is opening the 31st season of Aguijón Theater.

You only need to use the code FULBRIGHT when purchasing your tickets HERE.

DATES | TIME Friday, November 15, 2019, 8 pm. Saturday, November 16, 2019, 8 pm. Sunday, November 17, 2019, 6 pm.

LOCATION Aguijón Theater | 2707 North Laramie Ave., Chicago, IL 60639

COST $10 with code FULBRIGHT. Get your tickets HERE.

The play is presented in Spanish with English supertitles.

In “Exquisita Agonía,” world famous soprano Millie Marcel is unable to return to her elegant jet setting life after the death of her equally sophisticated and famous composer husband. An obsession with knowing exactly who received her husband’s heart leads Millie on a relentless pursuit to meet its recipient and, inadvertently, uncovering devastating truths within her own family.

Aguijón Theater is the oldest Latino theater company in Chicago and during the past 30 years has produced over 160 artistic events that include theater plays, monologues, music, poetry and dance shows, colloquia, recitals, staged readings, acting workshops, exhibitions, round tables, and book presentations.

The cast of “Exquisita Agonía” includes Cuban Sándor Menéndez (Imanol,) Colombian Andrea Leguizamón (Romy,) Mexican Víctor Salinas (Tommy,) Venezuelan Israel Balza (Amér,) Peruvian Elio Leturia (Dr. Castillo,) and Colombian Rosario Vargas (Millie.)

Check out what the Chicago Reader and Windy City Times had to say about “Exquisita Agonía.”

The show opened its 31st season on October 17 as part of the third edition of the Destinos Chicago International Latino Theater Festival organized and produced by the Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA) and runs through November 24 at Aguijón Theater, located at 2707 North Laramie Avenue in Chicago’s Belmont-Cragin neighborhood.

If you will be using public transportation, you can plan your trip with the CTA Trip Planner: www.transitchicago.com

 

 

Free reception celebrating 2019 International Education Week!

THE FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION-Chicago Chapter and WorldChicago invite you, your family, colleagues, and friends to attend our International Education Week Reception.

International Education Week (November 18-22, 2019) was established by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences. We celebrate the benefits of international education with over 190 countries worldwide.

This year we are featuring Seth Green, left, founding director of the Baumhart Center, an interdisciplinary center at Loyola University Chicago that equips Chicagoland leaders and students with the business tools to accelerate social impact. Green is also an executive lecturer in the Management Department of Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business, where he teaches courses on nonprofit leadership, social entrepreneurship, and corporate social responsibility.

DATE Monday, November 18th, 2019
TIME 5:30-8:00 p.m.
LOCATION The Chicago School of Professional Psychology | 325 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654

RSVPs are required. Please R.S.V.P. using this FORM.

COST FREE

If you will be using public transportation, you can plan your trip with the CTA Trip Planner: www.transitchicago.com

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

*Please note that photos and video will be taken at the event.

This program has been made possible by support from the Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Welcome to Chicago Fulbrighters! Let’s explore Chinatown!

THE FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION-Chicago Chapter and the Institute of International Education (IIE) invite you, your family, colleagues, and friends to attend our 2019 Fall Welcome. This year we are highlighting Chicago’s vibrant Chinatown neighborhood! Our Fall Welcome has two parts: A luncheon and a guided tour.

DATE  Sunday, September 29th, 2019


TIME  1:00-2:30p.m. Lunch
LOCATION MingHin Cuisine Chinatown, 2168 S. Archer, Chicago, IL
*Group will then walk to cultural activity


TIME 3-5p.m. Guided Tour
LOCATION Chinese American Museum of Chicago,  238 W. 23rd St., Chicago, IL


RSVPs are required by Sunday, September 22, 2019!  Please R.S.V.P. clicking HERE.

The purpose of this event is to welcome the visiting students and scholars who have recently arrived to Chicago for their Fulbright. The gathering provides an opportunity for Fulbright Association members of the Chicago Chapter to welcome and engage our guests, and for visiting Fulbrighters and alumni to affirm friendships as well as academic and professional connections.

COST This event is FREE for current visiting Fulbright Students and Scholars and members of the consular corps.
The cost for guests, family members, Fulbright Association members and Fulbright Alumni is $15 per person.

You may pay via PayPal by clicking HERE.

You may also pay cash in person, at the event.  We are unable to take credit card payments at the event.

Street parking is available.

If you will be using public transportation, you can plan your trip with the CTA Trip Planner: www.transitchicago.com

If you have questions about the event, please email fulbrightchicago@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you at the event!  *Please note that photos and video will be taken at the event.

This program has been made possible by support from the Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.